Francesco Giavazzi is a professor of economics at Bocconi University in Milan, where he has been the deputy director responsible for the university’s research activities, and a regular visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he teaches one semester a year.
He is a member of the strategic committee of Agence France Trésor, chairs the scientific committee of CEPII, and is a member of the Bellagio Group. In addition, he is a research fellow and a trustee of CEPR (the Centre for Economic Policy Research) in London, and a research associate of NBER (the National Bureau of Economics Research) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
From 1992 to 1994, Giavazzi was the director general at the Italian Treasury, responsible for economic analysis, debt management and privatizations. During that period he represented the Italian Treasury on the boards of INA s.p.a., Assitalia s.p.a., and Banco di Napoli s.p.a., where he was also the deputy chairman. He is also an independent director of Autogrill s.p.a., Vitale&Associati s.p.a, and Arsenale di Venezia s.p.a.. From 1998 to 2000, he was a member of the group of economic advisers to the Italian prime minister and, from 2000 to 2010, a member of the group of economic advisers to the president of the European commission. In 1999 he was a member of the External Evaluation Committee of the Research Activities at the IMF. In 2006, jointly with professor Fredrick Mishkin, he conducted an evaluation of the Riksbank for the Swedish parliament.
Giavazzi obtained a degree in electrical engineering from the Politecnico di Milano in 1972 and a PhD in economics from MIT in 1978.